Firebirds fired up for victory

WITH a final four placing still within their grasp, a win is a must for the Mission Queensland Firebirds in their Monday night clash with Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic.

Allora defender Laura Geitz and Firebirds vice-captain and former Warwick student Clare McMeniman have been two of the best players on the Queensland side during the season.

As the Firebirds get ready to make the journey across the Tasman, coach Roselee Jencke has her team fired up and ready for the important clash.

“A win against the Magic is a must,” Jencke said.

“It is essential we play with commitment, intensity and urgency against the Magic for four quarters.

“When we match up against the Magic on Monday night we will be aware of the need to work off the body with our leads when their defensive zone is put on us.

“We will have to be aware of putting the ball across court in attack as Casey Williams will be looking for these intercepts.”

The second-placed Magic have only had two losses in the competition so far but Jencke is determined to make it three.

“Defensively we will have to play off the body and show the umpire space and a clean contest on the ball,” she said.

Jencke said the Firebirds would have to have defensive pressure all over the court with arms over the pass essential.

“This will give the defenders the opportunity to intercept the ball,” she said.

Geitz played for the Australian Diamonds earlier this year and is among the players pressing for selection in the Australian team for the netball competition at the Commonwealth Games in October.



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